Reporting Fellowship Promotes Better Coverage of Maternal and Child Health


The press fellows at the Polana Caniço Clinic in Maputo, Mozambique.

Nine international journalists traveled to Southern Africa to participate in the Maternal and Child Health Press Fellowships in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Maputo, Mozambique, from June 30 – July 8, 2014. The program was designed to promote and facilitate coverage of maternal and child health issues.

The reporting tour offered the journalists an opportunity to interview a wide range of health experts, to conduct site visits to clinics and other facilities in the two countries, and to speak with women, children and health professionals about issues such as maternal mortality, vaccines and immunization, childhood diseases, mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and child nutrition.

The Maternal and Child Health Reporting Fellowship was supported by the United Nations Foundation and organized in partnership with the International Center for Journalists.

The program included a trip to Johannesburg for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Conference (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum. There, the journalists met leading experts and officials from around the world, including:

• Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA

• Mickey Chopra, Co- chair, The Countdown to 2015 & Chief of Health, UNICEF

• Chris Elias, President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

• Carol Presern, Director of PMNCH

• Jay Naidoo, Chair, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Fellows departed from their home countries on June 28, 2014 for the trip to South Africa, where they spent three days. They then traveled to Mozambique from July 2 – 8, 2014, for a reporting tour where they learned first-hand about the issues faced by women and children in that country.

The fellows, selected from more than 400 applicants from around the world, are:

  1. Ooko Sarah Akinyi - Science Writer, Nation Media Group (Nairobi, Kenya)

  2. Kate Hardie-Buckley - Freelance producer, Former Associate Producer, Al Jazeera English (Ireland)

  3. Katya Cengel- Freelance reporter (San Francisco, California)

  4. Jason William Gale- Editor-at-large, Bloomberg News (Melbourne, Australia)

  5. Tracy Jarrett- Multimedia producer, NBC News (New York, New York)

  6. Noam Levey- National Healthcare Reporter, Los Angeles Times (Washington, DC)

  7. Sonia Narang- Multimedia Producer, BBC/PRI’s The World (Boston, Massachusetts)

  8. Roselyne Sachiti- Lifestyle Editor, The Herald (Harare, Zimbabwe)

  9. Jacqueline Briar Stewart- National Reporter, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (Edmonton, Canada)

The International Center for Journalists advances quality journalism worldwide. Our hands-on programs combine the best professional practices with new technologies. We believe that responsible journalism empowers citizens and holds governments accountable. For more, visit www.icfj.org.

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

For more information on the press fellowship, contact Jerri Eddings, ICFJ senior program director, at jeddings@icfj.org, or Sameen Dadfar, ICFJ program officer, at sdadfar@icfj.org

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